Kristin Kan, MD, MPH, MSc

Community, Population Health, and Outcomes
Pronouns: She, Her

“As a physician-investigator, I aim to inform the design of health policies and programs that optimize health care access and quality of care for children with chronic diseases.”

Research Interests

  • Pediatric Asthma
  • Children with Chronic Conditions
  • Health Policy
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Digital Health


  • Attending Physician, Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Director, Pediatric Health Services and Population Health Research Fellowship Program, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Kristin Kan, MD, MPH, MSc, is a primary care pediatrician and health services and health policy researcher. She is motivated to improve our scientific understanding of health services delivery for children with special health care needs (CSHCN) and to build cross-sectoral solutions to support CSHCNs and their families. Dr. Kan’s research currently studies ways to improve the way we deliver care to children with asthma by leveraging digital health tools. The work has been supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and foundations. Her team welcomes students and trainees interested in improving health policies and health system design for pediatric health.

Education and Background

  • Fellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at University of Michigan 2016
  • MSc, University of Michigan 2015
  • Residency, Seattle Children's Hospital/University of Washington 2013
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine 2010
  • MPH, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health 2009
  • BA, Baylor University 2005

Research Highlights


The purpose of this research was to identify how to best design future versions of technology-enhanced services in pediatric asthma. The work consisted of qualitative studies with parents/caregivers and clinicians using principles of implementation science and understanding how patient-generated digital data can integrate into a learning health system to promote improvements in pediatric asthma care.

Featured Grants

Technology-Enhanced Asthma Care in Children at Clinic and Home (TEACCCH) Study

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
03/01/2022 → 02/28/2027

Pediatric Asthma Disparity Reduction Education (PADRE) Initiative: A Health System Approach to Addressing Low Literacy in Asthma Education

Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities Community Health Grant
09/01/2021 → 08/31/2022

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